Awkward Funerals and Other Shenanigans by Lucy Lin

These past couple days have gone by in a blur. We’ve made a lot of progress on the implementation of our new rainwater catchment system. The concrete is curing, the gutters have been sealed, the trenches have been dug (some of us have blisters… well mostly Roan), and some pipes have been laid! We’re expecting to continue laying pipes, and the six ginormous water tanks should arrive early next week.

On a different note, I got to experience my first funeral yesterday afternoon. An elderly man had passed away recently, so all of the workers have been attending the funeral during the afternoon. We stopped by for a short while, and it was really interesting to note the cultural differences between this funeral and how I imagine typical American funerals. There were around 400 people in attendance, and everyone wore bright colored patterns and cloths. Between speakers, they played catchy music. There was also a moment when they asked us to introduce ourselves to the crowd just because. It was awkward.

We’ve also been involved in a bunch of meetings recently. We’ve been looking for a new community for our next EWB project in Kenya, so we’ve met with the area chief (during which we all tried mysterious porridge) as well as seven schools in the Kuria West district. In particular, the schools Komosoko and Kiburungu stood out to us as strong potential communities to move into. They both had very capable head-teachers as well as a willingness to mobilize and contribute as a community. Because it’s incredibly important to us to be able to work together with the community, they seem to be good candidates. However, we’ll still be meeting and narrowing down our selection during the next couple days. Stay tuned for more details! EWB Kenya out.

P.S. Most random this week: Kenyan man walking by in a suit with machete in hand. All in peace.
Most fashionable this week: Kenyan man in sparkly turquoise pants.
Cutest this week: Cecilia’s video of a kid jumping and yelling “bananas” in Swahili.



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